The Mysteries of Soup
Soups are a delicious and nutritious food. The word ‘soup’ originates from the French word ‘soupe.’ It’s also traced back to the Vulgar Latin word ‘suppa’ and the Germanic word ‘sop.’ The Latin and Germanic words translates to ‘bread soaked in broth or thick stew.’
There are many types of soups. Some soups contain vegetables, while other soups contain meat. Goat soup is an example of a meat soup. There are a few goat soup recipes online. Some soups only contain liquid. Soups are classified as clear soups or thick soups. There are several kinds.
Purees are vegetable soups that contain starch. Bisque are soups made with vegetables thickened with cream or pureed shellfish. Cream soups contain bechamel sauce. Veloutes are thickened with eggs, cream, or butter.
Soups are similar to stews, but soups have more liquid than stews. Most goat soup recipes are similar to goat stew recipes. The origin of soups can be dated to tens of thousands of years ago.
20,000 BC was the Beginning of Soup
The first time soup was consumed was about 20,000 BC. It might have been goat soup. Cavemen most likely used animal hides and baskets made of reeds or bark as the container for soup. It was heated using hot rocks. The artwork in caves might be a depiction of the first goat soup recipe.
During the 16th century, the word ‘restaurant’ was used to describe highly concentrated, and inexpensive soup sold on the streets. Vendors advertised it as a solution for exhaustion. When a Parisian decided to open a store to sell soups, the establishment became known as the restaurant.
Soups made their way to the original colonies in America in 1742. The recipes for soup appeared in a cookbook published in 1742 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Another cookbook published in 1772 listed several recipes for soups and bisque.
By the 18th century, portable soup was invented. It was prepared by boiling seasoned meat until a thick syrup formed. This syrup could be dried and stored for months.
Commercialization and Canning
Canning was invented in the 19th century. The first condensed soup was invented by Doctor John T. Dorrance at the Campbell Soup Company in 1897. Today, Campbell Soup produces the most popular soups in America. Americans consume about 2.5 billion bowls of Tomato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Cream of Mushroom Soup.
The genius of condensed soup is that you can double the volume of the soup by adding water. The next evolution of soup was ‘ready-to-eat’ soup, which doesn’t need any water. There’s also reduced-salt soups and dried mixes that are reconstituted with hot water. Ramen noodle soups are considered dried soup mixes.
It may take a few more years to see canned goat meat soup in the store. In the meantime, prepare your own goat soup by following a goat soup recipe.
Get to Know Sweet Soups
Most soups are salty. There’s a handful of sweet soups. These are usually prepared with sugar and fruits. Che is a Vietnamese cold dessert soup made from sugar and coconut milk. It’s also prepared with jackfruit, adzuki bean, cassava, and durian.
A Filipino soup called Ginataan is made from coconut milk, milk, tapioca pearls, and fruits. It can be served cold or hot.
Chinese sweet soups are called Tong sui. Two popular dessert soups include douhua and black sesame soup.
In Trinidad and Tobago, a soup made of parched vermicelli, almonds, dried fruits, spices, and milk is served during the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Fitr. It’s called Sawine.